Hotel & Tourism SMARTreport #43

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ASIA - PACIFIC

FACTS & FIGURES

TOURISM BOOM

CONTINUES IN APAC

Asia-Pacific records 6% rise in

international tourism in 2018

The World Tourism Organisation reports

Asia and the Pacific recorded 6% growth

in 2018, reaching 343 million international

tourist arrivals. Arrivals in the region

account for almost one-fourth of the

worldwide total.

Results were driven by Southeast Asia

(+7%) where most destinations posted

strong growth, particularly Vietnam,

which has seen a surge in international

tourists in recent years from virtually all

world regions. Indonesia and Cambodia

enjoyed double-digit increases in arrivals,

thanks to continued robust demand from

China and India. Thailand, the most visited

destination in South-East Asia, as well

as the Philippines also recorded strong

growth on the back of higher visitor

flows from China. Singapore also posted

positive growth in 2018 thanks to good

performance from several of its source

markets.

International arrivals in Northeast Asia

increased 6%, led by the Republic of

Korea which continues to rebound from a

weaker 2017. Japan, which has become

the third most visited destination in Asia

following six straight years of doubledigit

figure growth, also showed positive

growth in 2018 despite a slight slowdown

due to the impact of the typhoon Jebi and

the Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquake

which occurred in September 2018.

Macao and Hong Kong also reported solid

results. Meanwhile mainland China, the

region’s largest destination recorded only

2% growth in the first three quarters of

2018. The opening of the Hong-Kong –

Zhuhai – Macau Bridge in October 2018

was expected to enhance connectivity

and boost tourist flows between the three

cities of the Greater Bay Area.

South Asia (+5%) also enjoyed a strong

year, with Nepal profiting from higher

inbound from India, China and European

source markets thanks to a number of

promotional campaigns. Sri Lanka, India

and the Maldives all reported sound

results

RUSSIANS

RUSH TO

APAC:

ARRIVALS UP

54.4%

Geoffrey Gelardi – winner

of the Mary Gostelow Award

for hospitality – in background

- Matthew Upchurch, CEO

It’s boom of Virtuoso time and ILTM for Director Russian

Alison Gilmore

arrivals in Asia-Pacific (APAC)

countries, thanks to a doubling

in seat capacity on direct flights

from Russia to selected APAC

destinations. The trend is

revealed in the latest findings

from analysts ForwardKeys.

Total international arrivals

in the APAC region were

up 3.8%, May 2018 to April

2019. However, Russia’s 54.5%

increase meant Europe was the

top growing origin continent,

up 6.3%. Growth in Russian

leisure travellers (up 62.8%)

dramatically outstripped

business travel (up 27.5%) and

they’re staying for 16 nights on

average. In line with general

trends towards shorter lead

times, the Russians are booking

fewer days in advance, 65.8

days, down from 78.1 days

INTERNATIONAL

TOURIST ARRIVALS,

12

10

8

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

7

5.6 6

6

6

8.7

6

(% change)

5.6

5

17/16

18*/17 January - December

4

2

3.4

3

0

Asia and

the Pacific

North-East

Asia

South-East

Asia

Oceania

South

Asia

Source: World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) ©

* Provisional data

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